A Malaysian court has issued arrest warrants against a couple that had stolen money from Malaysia Airlines MH370 victims. The court, which had previously granted bail to the couple, found that neither the accused nor their surer were present in the court on Monday, Malaysia Insider reported.
A bank officer Nur Shila Kanan, 33, and her husband Basheer Ahmad Maula Sahul Hameed, 33, are accused of transferring and withdrawing RM85,180 ($23914.22) belonging to four Malaysia Airlines MH370 victims.
The couple is facing multiple charges of cheating, stealing and forgery. On August 20, 2014, Nur Shila was taken on trial on four counts of transferring RM40,000 ($11229.97) belonging to Malaysian Hue Pui Heng into the account of Chinese national Tian Jun Wei, and another RM35,000 ($9826.22) into the account of Ali Faran Khan.
She also faces four charges of using fake documents, two charges of cheating and two of stealing RM2,530 ($710.30) from the accounts of Chinese national Ju Kun and flight steward Tan Size Hiang.
The bank officer is also being prosecuted for four charges of stealing cash belonging to the same four victims. The former bank officer allegedly committed the offences at the HSBC Bank, Lebuh Ampang branch. Investigations have found that she stole the money between 14 May and 8 July, 2014.
Her husband Basheer is on trial on four charges of using a debit card belonging to Tian to withdraw RM7,650 ($2147.73) from the victim's account through four separate transactions.
The judge had earlier released the couple for RM12,000 ($3368.99) bail in one surety for each accused and impounded their passports last year.